By Matt DeBall
“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:1-2).
The annual Advent Offering for Church of the Brethren ministries is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, the second Sunday of Advent. The theme, “Vision for New Hope,” is inspired by Isaiah 11:1-10 from the lectionary.
Worship resources related to the theme and scripture were written by Eric Landrum, pastor of Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. These free resources may be downloaded at www.brethren.org/adventoffering .
The biblical exegesis for Isaiah 11:1-10 was written by Debbie Eisenbise, director of Intergenerational Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, and a staff member of Congregational Life Ministries. A theme interpretation and children’s activity sheet were prepared by Matt DeBall and Cherise Glunz of the denomination’s Donor Relations staff.
-- Matt DeBall is coordinator of donor communications for the Church of the Brethren.